Study on housing instability seeks students and families of color

The Equity in Education Coalition and Seattle nonprofit Building Changes are seeking people of color in the south end to participate in a study on housing instability and schools.

The two organizations are conducting the study to draft future policy that equips communities and school districts with tools to help students experiencing housing instability.

The study is particularly focused at the experience of families and students in the Tukwila and Kent school districts.

The study outlines that anyone who moves frequently, stays with relatives, spends the bulk of their income on housing, has lived in a car, tent, shelter, streets, hotel, or motel is welcomed to participate in the study.

Equity in Education executive director and co-founder Sharonne Navas said in an email that the study is guided by those experiencing homelessness and it’s aimed to “facilitate community based participation” by “running focus groups, interviews, and online surveys to capture the lived experience of our communities.”

The study is looking for people of color who are willing to fill out a short survey and attend an in person focus group. Survey participants will be entered into a $25 Visa gift card raffle. The organizations are also holding five two-hour focus groups in late May and early June. Those who participate in one of the two-hour focus groups will be given a $40 Visa gift card.

Students who would like to participate in the study can fill out the survey here. A survey for families can be found here. To sign up for a focus group follow this link.

Additionally school personnel may also participate if they currently know students and people experiencing housing instability. Their survey is available online as well.